Well, friends, we’re through the halfway point of my time here with you all and let me tell you, it’s been the best! Your questions have been amazing, so today I thought I’d answer a few!
How can I find a good tailor?
Yelp is a great place to start, but if the people in your community don’t actively use it, I’d suggest putting a call for help on Facebook, asking your neighbors, or stalking people carrying those plastic cleaners bags.
How do I build a wardrobe in the middle of a life / work transition?
Remember, you’re not alone! So many of you expressed similar feelings in this post. Here are a few suggestions:
- Identify six essential pieces you’ll need for the next six weeks. Or five for five weeks, whatever works for you! Remember to tailor these suggestions to fit your needs, but setting a number will help to relieve the pressure of building a whole new wardrobe. What six pieces will get you through the next six weeks working in an office, being a stay at home mom, or working from home? Look at what’s in your closet and then decide on six essential pieces that will work with what you already have.
- Keep a list of staple pieces you’re hunting for in your phone. I was recently able to check off quality nude flats (check them out here), and I’ve been searching for the perfect navy blazer for a year.
- Accept that your closet won’t be perfect. I wasn’t kidding when I said acceptance has been huge for me. I don’t anticipate there ever being a time in my life when I have every single thing I want, but I always have what I need. To help me see my clothes with fresh eyes, I like to rearrange my closet organization every so often. I also find a lot of combination inspiration in the laundry pile since I take about a week to put my clothes away. ;-)
How do you manage to wear tops under cardigans and sweaters without them bunching?
I hold the ends of the sleeves tightly while I’m putting the sweater on and, here’s my secret, I don’t let go until I’m done adjusting everything. If it’s a shirt that buttons I also button the first layer all the way up before putting the sweater on.
Not all shirts work well under all of your sweaters so it’s definitely a trial and error process. Unless I know a combination will work, I don’t wear it on a day I’m running late– which is pretty much everyday! If your shirt looks funky under your sweater I have heard wearing a camisole on top of the first layer helps smooth everything down.
If you have any other questions you’d like answered go ahead and leave them in the comments! I love reading and answering them!
Top: JCrew Factory (similar)
Skirt: JCrew Factory (same in black. similar in gray)
Shoes: Zappos (similar— wide calf!)
Necklace: old from Urban Peach Boutique (similar)
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Gretchen | Gretchruns says
I love this outfit today! I have the same skirt and never thought of pairing it with a flannel. I’ll have to try that out!
We might be some sort of style soul-mates. Besides the fact that we’re both from PA (I’m from the Lehigh Valley): I’ve been digging your outfits (they are very ‘me’), we both use a tailor and we both keep lists on our phones for the clothing staples we want to buy!
. . . Also, I am wearing a camisole over a button-up, under my sweater right now. I can vouch for it.
Love this outfit! Super cute :)
I’m in love with that skirt! And I always have a running list of “clothing items I want” in my phone. Letting that list hang out for a little bit before I buy something sometimes helps me know if it’s something I really want or not, too!
still loving these colors. they look soooo good with your skin tone/hair color